The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 4th November 2002
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OFFSHORE: Regardless of wind direction (predominantly Northerlies early in the week, Southerlies over the weekend), the wind strength was pretty much in the light to moderate range, especially during the morning sessions. With very little swell (less than 0.5m most days) to speak of the worst case scenario was a bit of slop and chop, neither of which put much of a dampener on an eminently fishable week offshore. Squire, Snapper and Pearl Perch were common to all of the reefs, and for those prepared to travel, the Barwon Banks produced well, with Rosy Jobfish, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish making up the bulk of the bonus species.
Closer to home; Laguna Bay yielded Mackerel Tuna and Bonito on trolled lures while just a little farther out, North Reef Cobia or Black Kingfishproved (again) to be the most popular destination of all, rewarding the faithful with (apart from the common species already mentioned) good catches of Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna, Moses Perch, Mowong, Teraglin Jewfish and as you can see by the photo on the right, a few quality Cobia. Local angler Dan Tickner boated this 12kg 'Black Kingfish' while on a half day Cougar One trip to North Reef yesterday morning. Dan tempted this feisty pelagic with a Yakka flesh and Pilchard combo. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
ONSHORE: The beaches were pretty much a dead loss from Double Island Point to Coolum this week with 'the weed' making life impossible for surf anglers. In the river, Whiting were by far the most prolific species and together with Flathead, accounted for the bulk of the estuary anglers' catch. With the weed making life difficult down towards the river mouth, the best spots for either of the aforementioned species was the Woods Bays, Weyba Creek (which also hosted a few Trevally), Munna Point, from Goat Island to the ferry at Tewantin (where the odd Trevally made a splash after dark) and up at Lake Cooroibah, which was also the spot for a bit of Threadfin Salmon action. Young Hugh Foster, below left, was very excited to weigh in his best ever Whiting at Davo's last Sunday and why not. At 370gm this is a serious fish for any young angler. Hugh boated his prize at Munna Point using a Jarvis Walker spin combo and live Yabby as bait.
Whiting and Australian Bass
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were taken both on C-Lures 'Borers' and on surface flies while at Borumba Dam, chartreuse or gold spinnerbaits attracted the attention of both the resident Saratoga and, as you can see by the photo above right, the local Bass. Rob Duncan from 'Alvey Reels Australia' spent a bit of quality time there last Monday with Davo's manager Ed Vander Kruk and although he dropped a couple of 'Toga' at the side of the boat, was more than satisfied when he caught and later released the 44cm (2kg) Bass he's pictured with. Rob was kitted out with a 7ft Alvey rod and an Alvey 500BC reel loaded with 4kg mono line. His lure was a chartreuse/purple Horizon spinnerbait.

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